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State's Largest Shelter Could Close By End Of Week

(Portland, OR) -- Multnomah County officials could decide the fate of Oregon's largest homeless shelter this week. Volunteers at the Bybee Lakes Hope Center in North Portland say they'll have to shut down operations by the end of the week without a cash injection from state or local governments. Helping Hands, the nonprofit in charge of the center, has asked the county for five-million of the 65-million dollars in unspent funds which are intended for homeless services. The county has passed over Bybee Lakes in the past, instead channeling funds towards low-barrier shelters and transitional housing. Multnomah County chair Jessica Vega Peterson said she intends to work with the governor's office to find a long-term funding solution for the struggling shelter.

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